I have gotten to watch very little good NFL football this season, since I'm generally covering the Carolina Panthers on Sundays (ba-dump-dump).
With Sunday being the Panthers' bye week, however, I did get a good dose of Baltimore-New England and Philadelphia-Atlanta and a bit of Dallas-Minnesota (I know, Cowboys-Vikes is not exactly top-notch football either) and some other pretty cool highlights.
So, 4 quick NFL thoughts:
1) What a relief to see that NFL teams actually score regularly! With the Panthers averaging an NFL-low 10.4 points per game, it's cool to see a game where the losing team at least scores 20. Three NFL games Sunday, in fact, ended by a 23-20 score.
2) The Panthers are now one of only two winless teams in the NFL (joining Buffalo). The 49ers won Sunday, 17-9 over Oakland, which means the combined records of San Francisco and Carolina will be 1-10 entering Sunday's 1 p.m. game in Charlotte.
3) The hit that Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson got a concussion on in the Atlanta game was one of the most brutal I've ever seen.
4) Did you notice every NFC team now has at least 2 losses? Check the NFL standings here. If the Panthers had just won one or two games this season, they'd be in the thick of things, because it looks like no one is going to run away with the No.1 NFC playoff seed this season.